Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

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Departed Southampton  •  21st December 2017  •  16 nights
Balmoral  •  L1728
Balmoral in Funchal, Madeira
Balmoral in Funchal, Madeira
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Sail to stunning islands off the coast of Africa and enjoy a very special festive season with Fred. on this spectacular sailing aboard Balmoral. While your friends and family at home endure the typically cold, wet weather of winter, you’ll relax and indulge in some soothing sunshine and unforgettable experiences – the perfect way to sign off the year.

A call into the Galician gem of La Coruna – from where you can join a tour to the magnificent UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela Cathedral – is followed by a memorable Christmas at sea. Forget about the usual stress and strain of a busy Christmas Eve back home as Fred. takes care of everything for you; then enjoy festive food and fun on the big day with your friends, loved ones and fellow guests as the ship glides towards the Canaries. On Boxing Day Balmoral will dock in Arrecife, the perfect place to recover from two days of indulgence on board. Soak up the sunshine on the soft sands of Playa del Reducto – located just off of Fred. Olsen avenue; or perhaps embark on a ‘moonscape trek’ through the lunar-like landscapes of Timanfaya National Park and see the incredible Fire Mountains.

In Las Palmas, continue your relaxation on the gorgeous golden dunes of Maspalomas Beach, basking in Gran Canaria’s renowned year-round warmth; or appreciate the fantastic Renaissance, Gothic and Neo-Classical style architecture of the delightful Veguta district. You’ll then have the chance to climb Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – or visit the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar on tours from Santa Cruz de Tenerife; and sample local cuisine and culture at Calle Real in Santa Cruz de La Palma before sailing to magnificent Madeira. Stopping overnight in Funchal, discover an abundance of highlights such as the floral levada walking trails and the Cabo Girão sea cliff; then watch one of the world’s largest New Year’s firework displays from the decks of Balmoral – a simply unforgettable way to welcome 2018. Before sailing home, start the New Year in style with an overnight stay in Portugal’s culture-rich, attraction-packed capital, Lisbon.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Itinerary & Port Information

Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks
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December 2017
Thu 21
Late PM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

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Sat 23
Early PM
Late PM
La Coruna, Spain
La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna is the capital of the province and a busy seaport situated in the Bay of Coruna.

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Tue 26
Early AM
Late PM
Arrecife, Lanzarote
Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrecife is the gateway to the island of Lanzarote.

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THE FIRE MOUNTAINS (TOUR A)

Arrecife, Lanzarote must do

THE FIRE MOUNTAINS (TOUR A)

  • Discover the lunar landscape of the Timanfaya National Park
  • Enjoy an optional camel ride 
  • View the salt flats of Janubio
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Wed 27
Early AM
Late Night
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Benefitting from Gran Canaria's gorgeous climate and year-round warmth, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island's most popular destinations, attracting thousands of sun-seekers every year who visit the island to relax on the abundance of golden-sand beaches and immerse themselves in the diverse range of cultures.

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PALMITOS PARK (TOUR J)

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria must do

PALMITOS PARK (TOUR J)

  • Visit one of Gran Canaria’s most popular attractions
  • Experience the exciting world of Palmitos Park, with ample free time to discover its many highlights
  • Observe the park’s many fascinating creatures and take the opportunity to enjoy a walk around the botanical gardens
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Thu 28
Early AM
Late Night
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife’s wonderful climate and resorts have been attracting tourism for decades and rightly so. Santa Cruz is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. A tour to the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical and intriguing Pyramids of Guimar is a must.

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PYRAMIDS OF GUIMAR & POISON GARDEN (TOUR EXC)

Santa Cruz de Tenerife must do

PYRAMIDS OF GUIMAR & POISON GARDEN (TOUR EXC)

    • Admire the stepped structures, known as the Pyramids of Güímar
    • Marvel at some of the most dangerous plants in the world
    • Discover theories around the origins of these mystical structures    
     
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Fri 29
Early AM
Late PM
Santa Cruz, La Palma
Santa Cruz, La Palma

Santa Cruz, La Palma

Santa Cruz is undoubtedly one of the prettiest towns in the entire archipelago.

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NORTH OF THE ISLAND (TOUR A)

Santa Cruz, La Palma must do

NORTH OF THE ISLAND (TOUR A)

  • Marvel at La Palma’s stunning and varied landscapes
  • Discover the spectacular and unique laurel forest 
  • Learn how rum is produced, before enjoying a sample! 
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Sat 30
Early PM
Funchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.

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Sun 31
Late Night
Funchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.

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January 2018
Tue 02
Early PM
Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Spread out over seven hills on the north of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a delightful mix of palaces, art-nouveau cafés, museums, gardens, ancient castles and splendid bridges. Don’t miss a visit to the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian Peninsula!

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Lisbon, Portugal must do

GARDENS OF LISBON

  • Explore the extensive gardens of the 18th century Queluz Palace
  • The ornamental areas are decorated with sculptures and statues, fountains and water features
  • The tropical fernery is a treasure to behold

 

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Wed 03
Late PM
Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Spread out over seven hills on the north of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a delightful mix of palaces, art-nouveau cafés, museums, gardens, ancient castles and splendid bridges. Don’t miss a visit to the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian Peninsula!

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Lisbon, Portugal must do

GARDENS OF LISBON

  • Explore the extensive gardens of the 18th century Queluz Palace
  • The ornamental areas are decorated with sculptures and statues, fountains and water features
  • The tropical fernery is a treasure to behold

 

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Sat 06
Early AM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

We offer a range of fantastic cruises from Southampton. Sail to the warmth of the Canaries, the majestic Norwegian Fjords, the wonderful American Deep South or the vibrant cities of the Far East. Wherever you want to visit, we have a cruise for you.

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